Breaking Dawn Part 2 provides a more than fitting end to the Twilight Saga that will surely please die hard fans. While the first half has much the same feel as the previous films, it’s the final 20 minutes that deliver, with a bold twist that I didn’t see coming.
By now most audiences know if they like the Twilight series or not and if you fall into the dislike category, there’s not much point going any further. However, while I liked without loving the first 3 films (lets not discuss Breaking Dawn Part 1), Part 2 has the power to convert the maybe’s into yes’s. The build up to the climax is well worth the patience, with a first half that keeps your attention without impressing you. The closing scenes are gripping, exciting and relatively dark, something perhaps unexpected from a film rated M in Australia.
Most of the cast are back (No Kendrick sadly) and while Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner are all decent, it’s not the acting that’s the selling point of the film but more so the storyline and execution. The final film wraps everything up almost perfectly, while still introducing the new aspects of Bella and Edward’s child Renesmee, and the fact Bella is now a vampire.
Like most saga’s, It’s almost pivotal to have seen all of the previous films to appreciate the final one. The affection we feel for the characters is strong, and I found many of the smaller characters to be noticeable and important to the story as a whole. Plot details also make more sense having seen the previous films, but it’s not necessarily a prerequisite to still have an enjoyable time.
Whether you like the films or not, most can agree they usually have a solid soundtrack, one which caught my attention throughout the movie. The visuals are pretty enough, with the familiar landscape of the forests frequently being littered with snow. The opening credits, while a little long, grab your attention with fine details and the closing credits are much the same.
There are flaws with the film, mainly it being a little slow at times. As often with any fantasy film, you sometimes just have to go with it, and I can see why some are put off by the franchise as it does push the boundaries of believability. That aside, the pace is much faster then Part 1 which is a relief.
Overall, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is arguably the best of the series. More importantly, it not only finishes the movie itself well, but wraps up the entire saga in a satisfying and pleasing way, I even had to fight back some emotion towards the end! If you have remotely liked Twilight up until now, it is certainly worth a watch. B